January 2007

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HP Reliability: Win or lose – it's the customer's choice

This January marks the 30th anniversary of the article on eliminating cooling water from general-purpose pumps and drivers.1 The article documented why, in the early and mid-1970s, many of the world's..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This January marks the 30th anniversary of the article on eliminating cooling water from general-purpose pumps and drivers.1 The article documented why, in the early and mid-1970s, many of the world's largest refineries had discontinued using cooling water on pump bearings. There were also comprehensive write-ups dealing with cooling water elimination from pumps in three successive editions of the book Improving Machinery Reliability, ISBN 0-88415-661-3. The respective copyright dates were 1982, 1988 and 1998; each edition had chapter segments on the very same topic. Which leads us to Case 1. Case 1: Why are they still using cooling water on pumps? This question was prompted by a recent vi

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